Emergency Shelters, Warming Centers, Soup Kitchens

Below is a list of emergency shelters, warming/cooling centers, soup kitchens, and other services available to those in need.  This information is updated whenever the City of Champaign is notified of changes by service providers.
Information on this page is subject to change without notice.


Any updates, including extended hours or services will be posted here:

Centralized Intake

If you are experiencing homelessness and live in Champaign County, Centralized Intake may be able to connect you to housing or services that can help. When a homeless assistance program has a vacancy and you are the next eligible household based on the prioritization established by the Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless, you will be referred to the homeless assistance program. Each homeless assistance program has individual and specific eligibility requirements

Current Walk-in Hours and Locations:

  • Illinois workNet Center – 1307 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign – Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Salt & Light – 1819 S. Philo Road, Urbana – Mondays 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County – 520 E. Wabash Ave., Suite 1, Rantoul – Every 4th Wednesday – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Walk-in clients are required/strongly encouraged to bring with them:

  • Verification of your homeless situation.  This could include an eviction notice, letter from a case manager or friend stating where you are currently sleeping and must include the date and their contact information.  Required 
  • Photo Identification
  • Social Security Card(s)
  • Birth Certificates for Minor Child(ren)
  • Disability Verification (if applicable)

Contact: Call 2-1-1 or visit RPC’s webpage.

Services for Men

CU at Home Men’s Emergency Shelter

An emergency shelter for men is open daily from 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.  Light snacks are available, but no meals are served.  Showers and laundry are not available.
Temporary Location: The Douglass Community Center Gym (512 E. Grove St. Champaign).
Contact: Aleta Keith, 217-819-4569 or 217-649-2200
After Hours Outreach Hotline: 217-888-0329

Services for Women

Austin’s Place — Overnight Shelter for Women

Austin’s Place provides overnight emergency shelter for women. It is open daily from 8:00 p.m. – 7 a.m. Guests cannot leave personal items at the shelter during the day.  Cars can be parked in the Christie Clinic parking lot across Randolph Street.
Location: New Covenant Fellowship (124 W. White St., Champaign. – corner of White St. and Randolph St.).  Entry door is at the back of the building.  Women can access the shelter anytime during the night by ringing the door bell at the back door.
Contact: Ruth Moore – 217-356-9078
After Hours Outreach Hotline: 217-888-0329
Website: shelter-austinsplace.weebly.com

Services for Families and Children

Emergency Shelter for Families with Children

Attend a Centralized Intake for Homeless (CIH) walk-in appointment to be assessed and registered on the CIH priority list.  Information about the walk-in days, times, and locations are available by calling 217-819-4117 or United Way’s 211 line.

One or more parent (or legal guardian) age 18 or over with child(ren) under the age of 18 and Champaign County residents.  Family household size: max 6 people. The head of the household needs to be biologically or legally related to the child(ren). Expecting women with no current children may be housed by program (must be in last trimester of pregnancy). Guest will be allowed 3-5 day increments of stay, as long as the guests are actively participating in case management services and working toward finding more stable housing option.

Contact: Call 2-1-1 or visit RPC’s webpage.

Crisis Nursery

Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based childcare facility open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year that serves children from birth to age six. It is open for the entire community to access without fees or income eligibility. Families who may be experiencing a crisis are encouraged to call and begin the process of scheduling care for their child(ren).
Contact: 217-337-2730

Regional Office of Education

The Regional Office of Education is a resource for homeless families with children who are of school age. A limited emergency shelter is available.  Preschool aged children also receive services to ensure access to early childhood and preschool programs. Verification of school enrollment is required. Services include providing school supplies, physical education clothing, transportation, alarm clocks, or special school fees. Funding also available for tutoring and to assist with the cost of educational summer programs.
Contact: 217-893-3219  (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Hot meals served daily from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Location: 116 N. First St., Champaign
Contact: 217-356-7687
Website:  dailybreadsoupkitchen.com

Canteen Run

The Canteen Run is a mobile truck that offers food, drinks, blankets and human kindness to those on the streets on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Drivers are needed and require a background check.  Training is provided on the spot.
Contact: Barb Davies or Jason Fisher at cucanteenrun@gmail.com
Website:  cucanteenrun.org

The Jubilee Café

Located in the basement of the Community United Church of Christ, the volunteer-based café provides fresh, home-cooked meals every Monday from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to college students and local residents struggling with food insecurity.
Location: 805 S. Sixth St., Champaign (in Campustown)

Daytime Warming/Cooling Centers

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center

Provides a year-round drop-in center and winter daytime warming site for those in our community that need a place to be. Hours of operation are:  Tues-Fri noon – 5:00 pm.  Additional hours may be added when daytime temperatures drop below 10° (or excessive heat is forecast) and are based on availability of volunteers.
Location:  70 E. Washington St., Champaign (the former TIMES Center)
Contact:  217-819-4569
Website:  cuathome.us

Salvation Army Stepping Stone Program and Daytime Warming Center

The Stepping Stone Program will house men, women and families who present as homeless and who commit to working the program. Capacity is limited, so agencies must contact the Program Manager before referring. The Salvation Army Red Shield Center on Market Street also serves as a daytime warming center Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: 2212 N. Market St., Champaign

Other Daytime Warming Options

Other locations to stay warm include public buildings during normal business hours (i.e. federal, state, local government buildings, libraries, etc.).

Other Resources

Community Resource Center

OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center.  Hours 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1900 W. Park St., Urbana
Contact: 217-337-2635

Courage Connection

Organization to assist individuals fleeing domestic violence.
Contact: 217-352-7151